Thursday, February 23, 2017

Porto, Portugal

I'd been hoping for a sunny holiday and Porto did not disappoint.  We had mostly sun with one day of rain....ahhhh!  I can still feel the sun shining on my face.  We ventured to Portugal with some friends on a three night trip.  The first day we walked from Gaia to Porto across the bridge.  We walked about the city and visited an old bookstore where the library in Harry Potter was designed after.  Took some photos at the train station and some of us took a 240 step climb up a tower to get some awesome city views.  Day two was our Douro Valley wine tour.  We did some wine tasting and got to see where they grow the grapes for Port wine.  Just beautiful countryside, however, rugged terrain as the grape vines grow in shale.  They have cold, cold winters and very hot summers in this region.  The tour included a river cruise and a Portuguese lunch family style, as well as two winery tours.

Looking out over Gaia toward Porto from our flat.  Gaia is where the port cellars are located which is mostly what you see below, the roofs of the cellars.


Looking across the River Douro at Porto.









Train station well known for it's tile art.





Douro Valley tour






The start of our river tour.












Two story bridge, metro and walking across the top and auto and walking across the bottom.



240 steps up this tower! 
 

To get these views!!




Inside of the church at the bottom of the tower. 
 
 
 




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